O3b Networks launched O3bCell – a new solution that reportedly enables mobile network operators to deliver high quality 3G voice and broadband services in markets and regions where other satellite and terrestrial technologies fall short.
With O3bCell – operators now have the ability to deploy voice and data services beyond the reach of terrestrial circuits without compromising on voice quality, data throughput or performance
O3bCell offers mobile operators the opportunity to deploy data services profitably using satellite backhaul as a key enabler for the first time, the company claims. O3b’s fibre-like latency reportedly improves voice quality and removes the significant impact of TCP slow start on data services.
“Satellite has always been the backhaul solution of last resort for mobile operators as the costs are high and the performance is lousy” explained Steve Collar, O3b Networks’ CEO. “With O3bCell – operators now have the ability to deploy voice and data services beyond the reach of terrestrial circuits without compromising on voice quality, data throughput or performance.”
“O3bCell’s low latency dramatically improves the quality of the experience for conversational voice, web browsing and interactivity,” said John Finney, chief commercial officer for O3b. “Mobile operators who use the O3bCell suite of backhaul solutions will have a distinct competitive advantage in the battle to acquire and retain subscribers in urban, semi-urban and rural markets.”
In a world where the communications in emerging markets are almost exclusively through mobile devices and networks, high performing mobile broadband will accelerate economic development and forever change the lives of individuals, businesses, towns and nations.
O3b’s satellite fleet is now reportedly less than a year from launch and will bring, the company claims, high bandwidth, low latency and affordable solutions to consumers, businesses and organisations in nearly 180 countries.